Sunday, March 27, 2011
I sewed the handkerchiefs together using a very basic zig zag. I had a few tension issues at first but got it together and the sewing went very quickly. My machine is used to slogging through recycled wool sweaters and cashmere. This stuff was far too delicate!
In the meantime, my next project is looming. Literally. I have a theory that I can weave long strips of cashmere and make some fabulous scarves for next winter. I found a great tutorial here: http://www.hallnet.com/Weave.html
and have already bought and marked the wood for cutting. I'm going to try it out first on some old t-shirts rather than risk cutting up the cashmere without a plan. Can't wait.
What wintery projects are you hatching this spring?
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
These are true cinnabar beads. Thick with color and beautifully carved. I'm sure they came from Asian during one of her many travels with my Grandfather in his consulting days. This red is my favorite shade. When Grandma gave me a strand of these beads, I was thrilled. But, I don't wear necklaces too much so I re-strung some of the beads into a bracelet. The others were left in the drawer for several years. Then, I made them the centerpiece of one of my sewing group projects. For those new to my blog, my sewing group is an eclectic mix of craftswomen from every corner of the fiber world: embroidery, sewing, quilting, knitting, felting, etc. We do it all. We've been together for years and work on projects for each other through the year.